Thursday, March 26, 2015


Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane' The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, named as Andreas Lubitz, appeared to want to "destroy the plane", officials said.

* US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program.

* EU report blames Israel for Jerusalem violence An internal EU report heaps blame on Israel for last year's violence in Jerusalem, contains dire warnings on the two-state solution, and recommends sanctions.

* Saudi Arabia, allies, launch air campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen on Thursday in coalition with Gulf region allies to counter Iran-backed forces besieging the southern city of Aden, where the US-supported Yemeni president had taken refuge.

* Arab leaders confronted with multiple crises at summit Arab leaders meeting at a summit this week face rapidly deteriorating conflicts in Yemen and Libya, but have yet to agree on a concrete plan to counter a growing threat from Islamist militant groups and regional chaos.

* Iran expands regional 'empire' ahead of nuclear deal With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions.

* 'States preparing cyber-attack options to cripple enemies' infrastructure' States are increasingly setting up cyber-attack options targeting their enemies' critical systems, a senior cybersecurity expert warned in recent days.

* 'Furious 7' and How Peter Jackson's Weta Created Digital Paul Walker Re-creating the franchise's late star joins a new front in Hollywood's decades-long effort to create a fully realistic CG actor.

* 'Ritual Talmudic Dance' in Jordan Airport Sparks Furor A group of Israeli Jews sparked rage in Jordan on Tuesday morning in an incident at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Their "controversial act" - dancing in a circle, playing a guitar and singing.

* Poll Shows Palestinians Hope for Intifada, Rocket Attacks A new survey of Palestinian attitudes show that the vast majority harbor exceedingly violent feelings against Israeli Jews.

* Israeli scientists crack the mystery of Saturn's day Israeli scientists have solved the mystery of Saturn's days, determining that one day on the planet lasts 10 hours and a little more than 32 minutes - seven minutes shorter than originally calculated.